Our Industry is dying. Yes, it is really dying. We work in a creative Field of talented Men and Women who have been mastering the will of complicated machines to create works of Art for decades. They are not making them anymore. Not making the machines and not making the Men and Women.
The amazing People who make your Drapes don’t text or Instagram. They don’t have “Smart Phones” of Facebook Accounts. They work in the world of Art and Science. They take rolls of fabrics and bend and fold them. They cut them and steam them. Finally they sew them and fold them. Iron them and hang them. The end result is often “Perfection” the way so few of us get the opportunity to know. Perfection comes from mastering a skill that very few ever can, and even fewer even try. These Men and Women are true Artisans and Masters of a dying Craft.
So, what of our Future? Who will take their places? Who will work these machines? Once these machines were cutting-edge technology. To many of us they still are. Like the People who run them they are 2/3 iron and 1/3 fluid. They are 100% capable. They are 100% dependable. And, they are beautiful work of Arts.
We are blessed to have the People we have. They will not be here forever and there are very few who are learning their Art Form. We make drapes of silk and linen and, in doing so, we are trying to keep an Art-form alive.
Whether you are looking for Custom Silk Drapes, Custom Linen Drapes, Extra Long Drapes or any other Custom Drapery Style, we at DrapeStyle think that we are simply the best place online to buy custom drapes.
One of the most common questions that we get at DrapeStyle is about our different silk fabrics. We offer three types of silk, all of which are perfect for making beautiful silk drape but each have slightly different characteristics. All of our Silks are 100% natural silk fabrics. They do not contain polyester or other fibers that are often woven into silk. When Polyester is woven into Silk it obviously reduces the purity of the silk and ultimately it’s value. On occasion we will offer a “Silk / Linen Blend” where fibers of silk and linen are blended together. These are fairly common fabrics and have some very unique qualities that many Designers like. For now, we are just going to describe our two primary silk fabrics.
Silk Fabrics are woven from raw silk that is produced from silk worms. The vast majority of raw silk production comes from China where they have been harvesting raw silk for thousands of years. About 200 years ago some raw silk production began to migrate to Thailand. Thailand is now a fairly large supplier of Raw Silk to the Global Markets and is considered to be “decent” quality. Most of Thailand’s premium quality silk stays within its own Country where it is used for silk textiles, primarily clothing.
Most experts would agree that the finest Raw Silk in the World is still produced in China. Once the raw silk is produced, however, it is shipped to India to be woven into fabrics. Although China is the World Leader in Raw Silk Production, they do not weave very much silk fabric at all.
When India receives that Raw Silk from China it is graded and then woven into a variety of Silk Fabric types:
Dupioni Silk Fabric: Dupioni Fabric is a bit less refined than Taffeta Silk and is used word-wide in textile manufacturing. The Dupioni Fabric can either be hand-woven or machine-woven and is distinguished from it’s close relative Taffeta Silk by the signature “Slubs” which are present on the fabric. These Slubs are just the natural build-up of raw silk that is present when the raw silk is spun into silk thread. When silk thread is destined to be woven into Dupioni Fabric than the Slubs are left in the thread which is then woven into fabric. The result is a fabric with numerous bumps created by the slubs. Silk Dupioni is used in garment production all over the world and is the primary fabric used in home furnishings including upholstery and, of course, silk drapes.
Taffeta Silk Fabric: The primary difference between Dupioni and Taffeta fabric is that the Slubs are removed prior to the fabric being woven. The extra step of production takes the raw silk thread and refines it removing all of the slubs so that all of the thread is uniform in thickness and quality. This extra step also gives the thread more sheen and makes it a bit stiffer than Dupioni. When the Taffeta Thread is woven into Taffeta Fabric the result is a cleaner and crisper fabric with a higher sheen. Because Taffeta goes through more “processing” it also generally costs about 20% more than Dupioni. Silk Taffeta is very often used for the manufacturing of wedding dresses as well as home furnishings. Because of the sheen and texture of Taffeta it is also a very popular choice for making Taffeta Silk Drapes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
We’ve updated our current Sale Pricing at DrapeStyle. Until May 9th you can get our Signature Custom Silk Drapes at 20% Off Retail. This is about the deepest discount that we have ever offered. If you compare our pricing on Silk Drapes with practically any other big-box retailer or online retailer you’re not going to get a better value, period. At these prices there really is never a reason to settle for ready-made drapes when you can have the perfect length, width and pleat style for less than ready-made prices. We are also extending our promotion on Blackout Lining. For a limited time, you can upgrade your drapes to Blackout Lining for only $99 per panel. You are not going to get a better deal on custom blackout drapes than at DrapeStyle. And, our Blackout comes from Hanes, which is the Industry Standard in quality blackout drapery linings.
Our Handwoven Silk Drapes are also discounted at 20% Off as well. If you haven’t seen this fabric you really need to order some fabric samples as soon as possible. The Mill does not have much of the Handwoven Silk left in stock.